Two upstate New York men were arrested and charged with conspiracy for attempting to build an x-ray weapon for the purpose of killing "enemies of Israel."
One of them was 49-year-old Glendon Scott Crawford.
Here's what you need to know about him:
1. He's Married With Children
Crawford lives in Galway, New York, around 35 miles outside of Albany. According to both his Linkedin account and local newspaper Times Union, he is married and has three children. One of his children may be named Scotty because Crawford's account with an organization called "Tea Party Patriots" is entitled "Scottysdad."
2. He's an 'Obedient Drone' for General Electric
According to Crawford's Linkedin account, he works at General Electric but listed his job title as an "obedient drone." He listed his job description as:
scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and repair of catastrophic failures of various metal processing machinery. Simple electrical, diagnosis, single or 3 phase and dc. Occasional custom fabrications.
GE has released a statement on the subject saying:
On Tuesday afternoon the FBI informed GE that Glendon Scott Crawford, a GE manufacturing employee, was arrested for a criminal act. We have no reason to believe the act took place on GE property nor is there any information indicating that our employees' safety was ever compromised. Since this incident, Mr. Crawford has been suspended. We are cooperating fully with the authorities on their investigation
He is also listed as having worked for a steel company and a demolition company. All of these skills utilized over the course of his career may have enabled him to build to type of x-ray radioactive weapon that he was reportedly trying to build.
3. He Tried to Build and Sell an X-Ray Weapon
Here is the official complaint:
According to the Times Union, Crawford was developing a, "radiation emitting device that could be placed in the back of a van to covertly emit ionizing radiation strong enough to bring about radiation sickness or death against Crawford's enemies."
Although Crawford never actually got his hands on a radiation source, he tried to procure x-ray tubes from an undercover FBI agent posing as a supplier. The investigation officially began after Crawford began asking local synagogues and Jewish organizations if they were interested in a device that could kill the enemies of Israel, "as they slept."
4. He Introduced Himself as a Member of the KKK
While speaking with undercover agents,
Crawford introduced himself as a member of the Ku Klux Klan, specifically the United Northern & Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. His membership in this organization has not been verified but the FBI's knowledge of the alleged connection did assist in Crawford's eventual arrest and charging.
5. They Were Arrested by a Terrorism Task Force
Both Crawford and 54-year-old Eric J. Feight, who supposedly created the remote trigger system, were charged were arrested and charged with conspiracy. The two men were eventually arrested by the Albany Joint Terrorism Task Force after undercover police posing members of a South Carolina chapter of the KKK attempted to purchase the device. The long term operation, detailed at length in the above document, uncovered text messages, phone calls, and even their secret code names. While the two were working on the device, Crawford was referred to as Dimitri and Feight was called Yoda. The two are due in court today.